There is no other reason for the reduced supplies, assured Peskov
Brussels with heavy accusations towards Moscow
Sanctions imposed by the West are the reason for the suspension of Russian natural gas supplies via the Nord Stream gas pipeline, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today, AFP reported.
“The problems related to gas supply appeared because of the sanctions imposed by the Western countries. There is no other reason for these problems”, said Peskov categorically. And he explained that the turbine of the gas pipeline must be repaired, which, however, cannot happen precisely because of the punitive measures against Russia. “It doesn’t function well, it breaks down. This leads to the suspension of supplies,” noted the Kremlin spokesman. And he stressed: “The West, in this particular case the European Union, Canada and Great Britain, are responsible for the fact that the situation has come to this.”
Peskov once again rejected the West’s “constant attempts” to “put the blame” on Moscow.
Last week, the Russian gas giant Gazprom completely stopped the supply of blue fuel on the Nord Stream because of maintenance works that were supposed to last from Wednesday to Saturday. But even then gas did not flow, as the Russian side explained this with technical problems. On Friday, Gazprom announced that oil leaks were found in the turbine during an inspection at one of its pumping stations located in Russia.
Meanwhile, the German company Siemens Energy, which before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was responsible for the technical support of Nord Stream, said that similar technical problems such as leaking oil from the turbine had happened before, but this had not necessitated the shutdown the supplies.
And the European Commission again accused Russia of using gas supplies as a weapon. “If Russia wanted to supply gas to Europe, it could add quantities through other gas pipelines, Nord Stream is not the only pipe to the EU,” said an EC spokesperson today.
“If there was a technical problem that prevented deliveries through Nord Stream, there would be an opportunity, if there was a desire, to deliver gas to Europe through other pipelines. This is something we don’t see happening,” the spokesperson said.
Due to the uncertainty of supplies from Russia, today the prices of natural gas on the European exchanges jumped by 26%.
Two employees were killed
Attack near the Russian embassy in Kabul
A Taliban soldier guards the area around the Russian embassy in Kabul.
Two employees of the Russian Embassy in Kabul were killed today in a bomb explosion that occurred in the area of the diplomatic mission, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.
The attack took place at 10:50 a.m. local time in the immediate vicinity of the embassy. An unidentified assailant detonated an explosive device that killed the two mission personnel, the statement said.
At least one civilian was also killed in the blast. The number of victims is expected to rise. At least 10 people were injured in the explosion.
According to eyewitnesses, the explosion occurred at a time when Afghans were waiting for visas in front of the embassy.
According to RIA Novosti, the explosion occurred when a Russian diplomat went out to the citizens waiting outside to call out the names of those candidates who were supposed to receive visas.
The embassy area and surrounding streets were cordoned off by Taliban security forces.
It is the first attack on a foreign mission in Kabul since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan last August.
Two perpetrators of the attacks are being sought
State of emergency in Canada after massacres with 10 victims
Investigative teams are examining one of the sites in Weldon where they were found murdered.
Canadian authorities have declared a state of emergency in several provinces after at least 10 people were killed and more than 15 injured in bloody knife attacks, the BBC reported.
Checkpoints have been set up in central Saskatchewan. Residents are urged to stay indoors and motorists not to pick up hitchhikers while police search for two suspects.
They are Damien Sanderson (31) and Miles Sanderson (30), who are believed to have carried out the mass murders. The two are in hiding and are considered armed and dangerous.
The victims were found in 13 different locations in the remote local community of the James Smith Cree Nation and the nearby village of Weldon.
It is one of the deadliest cases of violence in the country. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the attacks as “horrifying and heartbreaking.”
“I am shocked and devastated by the horrific attacks. Those responsible for today’s heinous attacks must be brought to justice,” Trudeau said.
There is no information yet on the motive for the crimes.
Rhonda Blackmore of the Saskatchewan Mounted Police said some of the victims may have been targeted in advance, while others are believed to have been “randomly attacked.”
The relationship between Damien Sanderson and Miles Sanderson is unclear, and authorities have not yet released any further details.